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Wikileaks' Julian Assange loses extradition appeal

Can be sent to Sweden within two weeks
Wed May 30 2012, 12:14
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JULIAN ASSANGE can be extradited to Sweden to face charges, said the UK Supreme Court this morning.

Wikileaks' founder and front man Assange lost his final appeal in the UK and might have only two weeks to remain in the country. However, he can appeal further to the European Union Court of Human Rights.

Loz Kaye, the leader of the UK Pirate Party expressed disappointment at the ruling and the system that produced it.

"The case has repeatedly raised issues with the European Arrest Warrant system, and many of the more problematic aspects will remain unresolved. It's absurd that the Swedish Authorities have been unable to deal with this case outside of the courtroom, something that would have saved court time and taxpayers' money," he said.

"None of the main political parties have dared to comment on this case, although they haven't held back from using other extradition cases to push their positions. This shows how scared the British establishment is of scrutiny and dissent."

Kaye, like the rest of Assange's supporters, said it is important that despite this ruling Wikileaks must still carry on with its tasks.

"Wikileaks is bigger than any one person, and the work must still go on," he added. "Whistleblowers face impossible situations every day and it is vital that organisations like Wikileaks are there to allow them to expose dangerous practices, illegality and serious issues that are in the public interest."

The legal rights group Fair Trials Organisation has warned that if the extradition goes ahead Assange could face months or years (PDF) in detention in poor conditions, with little access to a lawyer. µ


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